PLAYER JOURNAL: JOE CORVO

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PLAYER JOURNAL: JOE CORVO
Each Wednesday during the month of January, Kings defenseman Joe Corvo will post his journal of thoughts on the weeks upcoming and past events. Be sure to check out each entry.

Joe Corvo Journal Entry one
Jan. 4, 2006

My confidence level was probably higher going into this season than it's ever been before. It's my third year, and because of that, I feel more comfortable and I'm used to the speed of the game. I feel like I can do more things out there.

I think the birth of my son, Cameron, really helped my confidence. He was born last year, and he really changed my perspective on the game. It knocked the importance of the game down a rung.

You walk out of the dressing room after games and your family is there for you. That's what it's all about. I just try to go out there and have fun, knowing that my family will always be there for me. If things aren't going well for you or the team, it's comforting to know that they are there for you.

I see myself as a strong defensive player with some offensive upside. I also think that I can improve my game offensively. I think I can be better around the net, score more goals and be a better playmaker. I'm working on that.

When I first got here, I felt like a little fish in a big pond. I was just trying to tread water. I concentrated on doing the fundamental things right and being in the right position. But as it's progressed, it's become more about awareness, keeping your head up and making good plays with the puck. Instead of just throwing the puck off the boards, I now look to make a good pass to spring a guy on a breakaway. Working on stuff like that builds your confidence. Without confidence, I don't know how a guy can play this game.

I've been playing with Lubo most of the year. He handles the puck well and I handle the puck well. I think that's why our plus/minus is so good. We spend most of the game with the puck. The puck is on our sticks, so the other team doesn't really have a chance to do much when we're out there.

Making that first pass to get the offense going – that's something we always try to do because nobody likes to spend time in their own end making bad passes and being fore-checked all of the time. You get the puck into the hands of a guy like Fro, Pavol and Craig and their going to do something with it.